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(Courtesy of the Day family)

The Illinois State University graduate was last seen in late August, and his body was found last month. On Monday, the LaSalle County coroner said Jelani Day drowned to death, but his family is asking federal agencies to get involved.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom, Oct. 7, 2021. (WTTW News)

One of Chicago’s most notable residents, and one of the country’s most visible and iconic civil rights leaders for the last 60 years, turns 80 on Friday. The Rev. Jesse Jackson stood with Martin Luther King Jr. and has been carrying the mantle of fighting for racial and economic equality ever since.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News in February 2020.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was discharged from a rehabilitation facility Wednesday following an earlier diagnosis of COVID-19.

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In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, Rev. Jesse Jackson receives the Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kiran Chekka, Covid Administration Physician at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said Tuesday that he’s feeling “fairly well” and receiving great care at a Chicago hospital after a breakthrough COVID-19 infection.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News in February 2020.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his wife, Jacqueline, remained under doctors’ observation Sunday at a Chicago hospital and were “responding positively to treatments” for COVID-19, their son told The Associated Press. 

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In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, Rev. Jesse Jackson receives the Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kiran Chekka, Covid Administration Physician at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, a famed civil rights leader and two-time presidential candidate, and his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement Saturday.

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French President Emmanuel Macron, left, and Reverend Jesse Jackson raise their hands after Jackson was awarded with the Legion d’Honneur (Officer of the Legion of Honor) medal during a ceremony at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 19, 2021. (Ludovic Marin / Pool Photo via AP)

French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday made American civil rights leader Jesse Jackson a commander of the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, for helping “change the destiny of the United States” and with it, the world. 

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson has left the hospital for a rehabilitation center after surgery. Jackson is pictured here at SiriusXM Studios on Feb. 27, 2020 in New York City. (Jason Mendez / Getty Images)

The 79-year-old civil rights leader was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for abdominal discomfort on Jan. 29, according to a statement from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based organization that he heads.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. speaks outside Chicago police headquarters during a march Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020 in protest of the mistaken raid of a Chicago woman’s home in February 2019. (Annemarie Mannion / WTTW News)

Dozens of women marched outside Chicago police headquarters on Sunday, demanding police and judicial reforms in response to a botched raid at the Chicago home of Anjanette Young, who was left naked and handcuffed in February 2019.

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News.

A look back at the words of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whose latest book has been decades in the making.

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Martin Luther King Jr. delivers his “Mountaintop” speech on April 3, 1968.

It is a moment seared in the memories of so many Americans: the day in 1968 they learned that Martin Luther King Jr. had been assassinated. The Rev. Jesse Jackson was there, and he shares his memories with Chicago Tonight.

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The civil rights advocate announced Friday that he was diagnosed with the progressive degenerative disorder in 2015. 

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Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García is hoping that an influx of support from black leaders will put him ahead of opponent Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the April 7 runoff election for Chicago mayor. 

Rev. Jesse Jackson Reflects on Civil Rights Anniversary

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The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. reflects on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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Two titans of the Civil Rights Era – Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Otis Moss Jr. – open up with personal stories of their relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson says he plans to protest during the upcoming NATO summit.